US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it has completed the first 787-9 a new stretched version in the fast-selling Dreamliner range.
The second member of the super-efficient 787 family rolled out of the Everett, Washington factory to the flight line, where teams are preparing it to fly later this summer.
At 20 feet longer than the 787-8, the 787-9 will extend the 787 family in both capacity and range, carrying 40 more passengers an additional 300 nautical miles (555 km).
The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8 such as an environmental performance offering 20 % less fuel use and 20% fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes, as well as and passenger-pleasing features.
With the second and third airplanes in final assembly, Boeing and the 787-9 are on track. First delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand is set for mid-2014.
Boeing launched the 787 program in April 2004 with a record order from All-Nippon Airways. Fifty-seven customers from six continents of the world have placed orders for more than 900 airplanes valued at more than USD 200bn, making it the most successful twin-aisle launch of a new commercial airplane in Boeing's history.
Find out more at www.boeing.com.
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